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Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Size: Medium

Weight: 30 - 35 lbs.

Height: 16" - 20"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Requires an experienced dog owner. Breed-related health problems include: patent ductus arteriosus.

Origin: Poland (1200s)

Also Known As: Polish Owczarek Nizinny, PON

Group: Herding

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Polish Owczarek Nizinny is an active breed that needs several long play sessions and walks per day.

Grooming Needs

Like the Old English Sheepdog, the PON needs extensive daily grooming. Otherwise, the wooly fur will mat and accumulate debris.


Extremely loyal and protective of its family, the PON has a tendency to bark. Although wary of strangers, the breed is an affectionate one that gets along well with children if socialized early. The PON is independent and has a stubborn streak, so firm, confident handling is necessary during training. This breed is an active one that will need a job in order to be fulfilled.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


Although its exact origins are unknown, the PON is thought to be a descendant of the Tibetan Terrier and Hungarian Sheepdog.

Pet Facts

Only about 150 PONs survived WWII. However, the breed was revived by dog fanciers and was registered with the AKC in 2001.